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Antec Dark Avenger DA601 Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 7)

By Shannon Robb from Sep 10, 2019 @ 3:55 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: AntecModel: DA601

Case Build & Finished Product

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The front of the DA601 still has the same subdued appearance we saw in the initial unboxing as it's not powered or lit. There is no real visibility through the front mesh area, so the view remains the same. This case is quite extreme, and while it looks subdued here, I do not think it would fit most entertainment centers or office environments as it's more a gaming-focused case as doesn't have the sleek minimalist appearance of some other chassis options.

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Everything went in the DA601 without any significant issue, and all components fit as expected. The cable pass-through without grommets I thought would be a considerable detriment but much to my surprise the ability to move cables around without pulling grommets off or unseating them as I adjust things was a welcome result. I still do miss grommets here as you can see to the far right the bundle of front panel cabling passing over the holes to meet the tie downs. The ability to adjust the AIO in the top meant I was able to position it so that the tubing ran cleanly without any harsh bends. Another welcome thing here is as you can see the spacing of the motherboard to the top, means virtually any memory can be installed even with a thicker radiator solution.

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The rear is rather standard as the necessary holes were filled. The motherboard I/O plate covers the opening and the GPU slots into two expansion slots. The PSU fills the large void we had previously, and as you can see, there are plenty of expansion slots in place waiting for the addition of more components as needed. The cover for the expansion slot mounting worked well and did not cause any notable fuss when installing expansion cards.

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The cable management section, while it may not be ideal for cable hiding, worked very well for tying them up. The cables were able to be routed well and look rather clean with admittedly little actual effort to the cause. The 140mm long PSU by SilverStone is comfy in here with some room to tuck cables away in front of it as needed. However, if you were to use a larger PSU that room can quickly vaporize so keep that in mind if you plan to keep the 3.5" cage intact.

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Due to the lack of tint on the main glass panel even at a sharp angle, we can see in innards of the build. This is nice as it means you don't have to go crazy with lighting to highlight your builds; however, if you are looking for a showpiece setup, I think a couple white or RGB LED strips could liven things up a bit.

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Finally, we have the rig powered on. This, I think, is where the DA601 really shines (pun intended). The DA601 with a few well-placed RGB components springs to life as the components can cycle through RGB spectrum or even be synced to a pattern or single color. While I am not the biggest fan of RGB components, I also know that in some cases RGB can take a build from boring or dull to something that really pops, and I feel like the small accents of RGB on the DA601 work well to create a complete or connected feeling between the chassis and the host system.

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